Embark on Your Travel (Writing)

Love travelling? Write about it and earn from it using digital media!

Traveling feels different today with beaches installing ‘Instagram points,’ ‘YouTube moments’ and Mandarin speaking humanoids while Airbnb-type services have brought about a commercialization of traditional hospitality. Correspondingly, travel writing - one of the oldest genres of literature - has evolved from Richard Haklyut’s 16th century compendium of items for a whaling expedition to 280 character tweets by @twobadtourists. When Google Search can reveal thousands of images and videos of every place or festival, what can a travel writer write about and how can digital media be used for this?

Through a lecture, several exercises and group discussions, participants will gain a clear understanding of the following:

  • Essentials skills for good travel writing
  • Basics of photography and video for travel writing
  • Making the most of social media
  • Blogs, Instagram, YouTube: Which one to use?
  • Where to publish – print and digital?
  • How to get published?
  • Paying the bills and more from travel writing
  • Ethics of travel writing

The workshop is suited for beginner and occasional travel writers. It will provide aspiring travel writers with an understanding of essential skills of travel writing using digital media. Recommendations for background reference materials will be provided.

This is an in-person workshop and will be held in SBC Training Room.


i) Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants:

4 – 20 pax Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

ii) Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us. Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents).

iii) Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year. Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.

14 AUGUST 2021 (SAT)
9:30AM – 12:30PM

Singapore Book Council Training Room
90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-32 Goodman Arts Centre Singapore 439053

Course Fee: $60
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $2.66

Kinokuniya members and AFCC 2021 festival pass holders can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee for this programme. Contact [email protected] for the discount code before online registration. Please note that only one promo code can be used for each purchase.



Shivaji Das

Shivaji Das

Writer, traveller, and photographer; Shivaji Das is the author of Angels by the Murky River: Travels Off the Beaten Track, Yoda Press (2017), Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia (2013), and Sacred Love: Erotic art in the temples of Nepal, Mandala Publications/ Aadarsh Books (2018).

Shivaji has also been published in magazines such as TIME, Asian Geographic, Venture Mag, Jakarta Post, Conscious Magazine, PanaJournal and Freethinker. His interviews have been featured on BBC, CNBC, Channel News Asia, Travel Radio Australia, Around the World TV, Radio Roaming, and Singapore Discovery Centre’s IFD exhibition. Shivaji has conducted workshops on travel writing in several literary festivals in Singapore and the region. He is also the conceptualiser and organiser for the Migrant Poetry Contests in Singapore and Malaysia.